The Entity: Five Centuries of Secret Vatican Espionage

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St. Martin's Publishing Group, Nov 25, 2008 - History - 448 pages

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"A true story that surpasses any novel by John le Carré."—El País (Spain)

For five centuries, the Vatican—the oldest organization in the world, maker of kings and shaper of history—has used a secret spy service, called the Holy Alliance, or later, the Entity, to carry out its will. Forty popes have relied on it to carry out their policies. They have played a hitherto invisible role confronting de-Christianizations and schisms, revolutions and dictators, colonizations and expulsions, persecutions and attacks, civil wars and world wars, assassinations and kidnappings.

For the first time in English (following the bestselling Spanish and French editions), Eric Frattini tells the comprehensive tale of this sacred secret service. The Entity has been involved in the killings of monarchs, poisonings of diplomats, financing of South American dictators, protection of war criminals, laundering of Mafia money, manipulation of financial markets, provocation of bank failures, and financing of arms sales to combatants even as their wars were condemned, all in the name of God. The contradiction between God's justice and Earth's justice, Christian beliefs and Christian power all fall before the motto of the Entity: With the Cross and the Sword.

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THE ENTITY: Five Centuries of Secret Vatican Espionage

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Dense, exhaustive account of espionage and intrigue directed by and against the Vatican, from 1566 to the present.Madrid-based TV correspondent Frattini, who has published several Spanish-language ... Read full review

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The first 175 pages or so of this book were a little dull. Just a repetition of facts, historical facts, which as we know can be a bit ambiguous. After that things became a bit more interesting as we ... Read full review


Between the Reformation and a New Alliance 15661570
Dark Years 15701587
Times of Action 15871605
New Horizons 16051644
Era of Expansion 16441691
Time of Intrigue 16911721
Some Brief Reigns 17211775
The Rise and Fall of Eagles 17751823
An Era of Spies 18231878
The League of the Impious 18781914
List of Popes Since the Creation of the Holy Alliance 3 73
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Eric Frattini has written books on the FBI, the UN, and the CIA, and is the author of Mafia Inc.: 100 Years of Cosa Nostra. He is a TV correspondent and lives in Spain.

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